The Joys of Lube! A New Study On Lubricant Use Among Adult Women

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In a new study of women, there is a clear benefit for sexual pleasure and sexual satisfaction when using either water- or silicon-based lube.

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Lube can be a fun and pleasurable addition to your sexual activity.

We all know the old adage, “a little bit of lube goes a long way.”  Okay, so I made that up, but research on the use of lubricant during solo and partnered sexual activity demonstrates the benefits of lube.  In a new study of women, there is a clear benefit for sexual pleasure and sexual satisfaction when using either water- or silicon-based lube.

The Study

In a study of 2,400 women, researchers at Indiana University‘s Center for Sexual Health Promotion investigated women’s reports of sexual satisfaction and sexual pleasure when using no lube, water-based lube, or silicon-based lube during solo and partnered sexual activity. Women were randomly assigned one type of lubricant and asked to assess their sexual experiences for two weeks.  The participants reported greater sexual pleasure and satisfaction when using either silicon-based or water-based lubricant during sexual activity compared to activity without any lubricant.  Indeed, this corresponds with the majority who report using lube during vaginal or anal intercourse (70 percent) and masturbation (60 percent) to make sexual activity more pleasurable.

Choosing And Using Lube

In our resources section, we include information about the various types of lubricant and tips for effectively using them.  It is critical to know that some lubricants (like those that are oil-based) compromise the effectiveness of condoms and may irritate your skin or even lead to infection.

Dr. Eric Anthony Grollman

received his PhD in sociology at Indiana University. He is an Assistant Professor at the University of Richmond. Dr. Grollman's research interests lie in medical sociology, social psychology, sexualities, and race/gender/class. You can see his personal blog at http://egrollman.com.
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